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Herman J. Woltring
04-21-1992, 04:42 AM
Dear Biomch-L readers,

The following announcement was received today from Boston for distribution
on Biomch-L. Zvi Ladin, the conference organiser is a Biomch-L subscriber
and can be reached for further details as ZL@BUENGA on BITNET, or as
ZL@buenga.BU.edu on the Internet.

Herman J. Woltring, Eindhoven/NL


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Summer Session Program 2.75s


August 3-7, 1992

Quantification of the biomechanics of the human musculoskeletal system is
central to its understanding and the optimization of protocols and devices
used in orthopaedics, neurology, rehabilitation, motor control, sports and
ergonomics. This course addresses issues of data acquisition and analysis
of the kinematics, dynamics and control of the musculoskeletal system, and
is based on extensive research, instrumentation design and software develop-
ment in the Eric P. and Evelyn E. Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and
Human Rehabilitation at MIT.

Introductory review of basic principles of mechanics and associated mathematics
will be followed by lectures on kinematic and dynamic anlyses of human move-
ment. Following demonstration of TRACK(TM) in human gait, manipulation and
real-time limb impedance and prosthesis control research, all participants
will design and conduct "hands-on" experiments using TRACK(TM).

The following topics will be covered:

1. Kinematics - contemporary data acquisition systems including cine-, video-,
electro-optical, goniometric and accelerometric systems emphasizing
FULL THREE_DIMENSIONAL (translational AND rotational) analysis. The
major focus will be on the TRACK(TM) - software developed at MIT to
analyze the measurements of camera-based systems such as WATSMART,
SELSPOT, ELITE, etc. The Integrated Kinematic Sensor and its
application to motion studies will be discussed.

2. Dynamics - current approaches to dynamic analyses to estimate the synovial
joint forces and moments consistent with the observed motion. Issues
of force measurements and estimation of inertial properties will be
covered. The MIT-developed NEWTON software for dynamic analysis will
be featured.

3. Muscle Activity - musculoskeletal modelling and optimization analysis
including data acquisition, physiological constraints and cost
functions used to partition the joint forces among the muscles
will be described.

4. Neuroscience - movement control of primates and the use of optimization
techniques in their analysis, control strategies for functional
electrical stimulation and natural control of prosthetic devices.

5. Sports - kinematic and dynamic analysis including the role of orthotic
devices in running and the mathematical modelling of the synovial
joint will be discussed.

6. Orthopaedics - kinematic and dynamic studies of human motion and posture
and new IN-VIVO findings on the pressure distribution in the hip
joint during and after hip-replacement surgery will be described.

7. Computer-Aided Surgery - the course will conclude with discussions of the
future of biomechanics. The prospects of the clinical applications
of gait analysis, linkage modelling, patient-specific anatomical
information and computer graphics display for surgical planning
will be discussed.

Further information and application forms can be obtained from:

Office of Summer Session, Room E19-356,
Cambridge, MA 02139, U.S.A
Phone: +1(617)253-2101 TELEX: 92-1473
FAX: +1(617)253-8042